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Commissions and Collaborations
Claire writes individual commissions and works collaboratively with other artists.

Claire has worked extensively in the opera world, including working with Welsh National Opera, Opera North and Music Box.

Community groups have included primary and secondary schools, youth groups, prisons, young people with disabilities and community choirs.

Examples include:
Cosmos
with Mark Lawrence (composer). Cosmos was written with young people and a community choir from Bristol to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the telescope. Performed at St Georges, Brandon Hill by 200 young people from Bristol, 70 community choir participants, with Niall Hoskin as Galileo and Newton and Laurie Gethin as Stardust. Co-directed by Claire Williamson and Helen Hewitt.
Birmingham City Songs
Welsh National Opera with Karen Wimhurst (composer) and Orit Azaz (director). Birmingham City Songs was Claire’s third ‘City Song’ commission after Bristol and Cardiff, written with primary school children from Birmingham. The final event, performed at Birmingham Hippodrome, incorporated 200 young people, the full orchestra of WNO and opera singer Roderick Williams, plus visuals by Reel Access.
Coming Home
with Mark Lawrence (composer). Coming Home was written with young people and a community choir from Bristol to celebrate the ss Great Britain, as part of the Brunel 200 celebrations. Performed at St Georges, Brandon Hill by 200 young people from Bristol, 70 community choir participants, with Niall Hoskin as Brunel. Co-directed by Claire Williamson and Helen Hewitt.
Jeptha Songlines
Welsh National Opera with Errolyn Wallen (composer) and Matt Sharp (cellist and musical animateur). Jeptha Songlines was written with young people from the Blackwood area and performed in the Glanfa Foyer at Wales Millenium Centre by the young performers, Ros Evans (soprano), Rogers Cutts (trombone) and James Mildred (french horn).